UKCA marking (UK Conformity Assessed marking) is the UK product marking requirement that will be needed for products being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales), substituting the EU requirements for CE Marking (CE marking will continue to be accepted in Northern Ireland). UKCA marking will indicate that a product placed on the United Kingdom market meets the UKCA Marking requirements. UKCA marking was specified in the original ‘EU Exit’ UK Statutory Instruments, and for most products this is defined in UK Statutory Instrument 2019 No. 696 and amendments (exceptions being Automotive, Marine and Medical devices for example).
‘EU exit’ UK Statutory Instruments and amendments require UKCA marking for products that can be self-declared or currently need a notified body assessment. Initially the UKCA marking requirements will align with CE marking requirements that they replace, but overtime divergence is possible. Note – Additional requirements may need to be considered for products being placed on the UK Northern Ireland market due to separate Northern Ireland Protocol requirements.
WHEN IS UKCA MARKING REQUIRED?
UKCA can be used to replace the CE Marking requirements for products being placed on the GB market from 1st January 2021.
For most products, there is a transitional arrangement for acceptance of CE marking until 1st January 2022 (the exception being marine equipment and medical devices for example which have longer periods).
WHAT ARE UK STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS (UK SI’S)?
Today, the vast majority of law in the UK is made through Statutory Instruments. Now that the United Kingdom has left the European Union, the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020 allow Statutory Instruments to be made which rescind and amend legislation which originally emanated from Europe. These Statutory Instruments can be referred to as the ‘EU Exit’ Statutory Instruments.
HOW CAN TÜV SÜD SUPPORT YOU IN MEETING THE UKCA MARKING REQUIREMENTS?
As TÜV SÜD is a global company, we have offices in multiple locations to be able to satisfy both CE and UKCA requirements. TÜV SÜD have EU and UK based Notified Bodies and TÜV SÜD BABT will automatically become a UK Market Conformity Assessment Body (UK Approved Body 0168).
TÜV SÜD UK will still be UKAS ISO 17025 accredited and an ILAC member, this will remain acceptable for all test and certification requirements with for example Mutual Recognition Agreements, as with the U.S. for FCC testing and TCB work.
TÜV SÜD BABT can offer immediate UKAS accredited UKCA certification work for:
- Marine Equipment Regulations 2016
- Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 2016
- Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008
- Radio Equipment Regulations 2017
With our network of EU Notified Bodies and TÜV SÜD BABT, we can offer a truly one stop CE and UKCA testing and certification service